Tag Archives: Inspirational

Fake It Mentality

12 Jun

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“Fake it till you make it.” It’s a quote I heard in a freshman art class. I was completely lost and most of my art work was a stab at the dark. When I heard that quote, I immediately latched on to the concept. It was a perfect, I could pretend I knew what I was doing and for years I lived with just that mentality. Not just in art but in many areas where I had passion but felt that I was completely inadequate to do the job.

Problem with this method is that is fools no one but yourself. It got me into a rut, because I  led myself to believe that I was a fraud at what I do. I lost my drive for why I began to do things in the beginning. I couldn’t have gotten where I’m at if I wasn’t capable of my actions in the first place.

I’m not capable either without God. It’s by his grace I have the talents I possess and it undermines him when I fall back on the “fake it” mentality. I don’t want to fake my abilities. I want to put the small abilities that I do possess into the hands of my creator and use my passion to serve him as the driving force behind my actions. To allow him to expand what little talent I do have into a real tangible gift. Sometimes we are blessed with great amounts of a certain talent/s, other times we are blessed with small amounts of talent and a whole lot of heart. We don’t have to be the best, we just have to release what we do have and be willing to step out and be a little uncomfortable. If God has given the ability, the desire, and the calling, he can more than easy fill the gaps of what we lack.

*graphic from here

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A Timely Ride

28 May

This past weekend I experienced a very odd, slightly humorous event. After reading this post you might think, gee that’s really no big deal. But, to me the whole event was a neat reminder to me of God’s timeliness in our lives.

Friday night I headed with my parents to downtown Montgomery for my cousin’s high school graduation. Due to the size of her graduating class (480) they held the event at ASU’s basketball arena. We got there apparently later then we should have to obtain decent parking and ended up WAAAAAAYYYY far away. My dad has back problems so he was not looking forward to the long walk ahead. We started out across the field with the large dome as our only point of reference for direction.

Before we had walked maybe 10 feet, a gentleman on a golf cart rode up beside us and asked if we wanted a ride. Now I’m sure this was his job so I didn’t feel like this was sketchy, but knowing my parents I expected them to kindly decline the offer. However, my dad hopped right on in the cart and my mother and I held tightly to the back. He weaved through parking down one road and up another, I couldn’t tell you want he did. My thoughts on this was great we don’t have to walk to the stadium, but I have no clue how we are going to find our way back to where we parked, especially in the dark.

Once we made it to the front of the stadium, we hopped off and as the man rode off we laughed at the moment. Pretty lucky timing right. So now the hard part was going to be finding my aunt and uncle in the middle of 1000+ people without anyway to contact them. My dad needed to go to the bathroom and me and my mom decided we would take the moment to go to the bathroom and fix our wind blown hair. As we’re standing near the sinks, my Aunt happened to come wash her hands. Lucky timing right. She just laughed and said what are the odd’s. We all walked out and there we met up with my dad and uncle and all sat together in a mass crowd.

Now through the long list of names being called across the stage, we finally all began to discuss how the mess we were going to find our car. The conclusion finally was that my Aunt and Uncle, though they parked far away did actually know where they were going so we decided we would walk with them, then they could drive us around to find our car. So afterwards, we walked, and walked, and finally discovered that we had actually parked a street over from them. So there was no sketchy long walk in the dark to our car.

Now, I know that wasn’t an EPIC tale there, but in all of it that night, I was reminded that God can ordain the smallest of events. Had the nice man not given us a ride we would never had been at the bathroom when my aunt and uncle was. And my aunt had given my uncle a hard time about having to stop and even go to the bathroom so had he listened they wouldn’t have been there. And it was just a nice topping to the evening that we all had a long walk back we could take together and we just ended up near each other, which believe it or not was quite a coincidence. Or not. God reminded me he has the little things under control, he’s also got the bigger things under control as well. That’s great because I need him. Dream big dreams. Pray bold Prayers.

Anxious Thoughts

6 May

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil 4:6 NIV

Worry tends to rear it’s ugly head on the days when I’m most worn out. I’ve thought a lot lately about the root behind my worries. The main beast-control. So much uncertainty goes on in our world-things we can take precautions with but in all honesty we can’t 100% plan for every possible thing. After spending a few days chewing on the thought of control and why I worry about certain things, I came to the conclusion worry is my form of control over things I really can’t fully control. Almost like a guard, I guess I’ve let myself believe over time that by worrying about something I was protecting myself. Silly right? Yet it’s such a deep set thought I feel like I’m lying to myself to let it go. That’s when the above verse finally clicked with me. Be anxious in nothing, but in everything pray. (I paraphrased) You see I have two choices. When a worry knocks on my brain I can “control” it by worrying (which the old saying goes, you can rock all day in a rocking chair but you won’t get anywhere) OR I can pray about it and give it to God who ultimately can control the situation. It’s hard, but I know it’s what the word commands us to do and anything less is actually disobedience to God. I love what Mark Batterson says in his book, the Circle Maker, “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less.”

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What Holds You Back?

13 Feb

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Ever feel like you’re stuck under a ceiling and have really no clue how to escape? I get that way. Especially when I’m looking forward down the road and can’t see how to get from point A to point B. After a few moments soaking in how clueless I must be and how impossible things just had to be, these images appeared in my feed. I don’t really believe in coincidence or happenstance. You get what you need at the moment you need it. Don’t let things hold you back. Walk forward in faith. 

Not a Man; Not a Mouse: Encouragement Cards

21 Aug

 

Have you ever read something that slapped you in the face? A friend posted this verse awhile back on Facebook in the MSG translation and it shook me. Isn’t it grand to think that the creator of the universe in all his majestic splendor sees and CARES for you? I knew that I needed to make this card. Trust me this little verse carries a powerful punch and I think it’s a great reminder for someone in need of a little encouragement or even to put up as a reminder to yourself. The listing is for one, but if you’re interested in multiples, just send me a message.

Also, if you would like to have this as a framed reminder I’m providing a free printable 5×7 version. Just download here: Verse Printable

In other news, Stone and Feather now has a twitter! Follow me,  I’ll be using it to post promos and newbies and any other cool stuff that might cross my path.

Enjoy!

New Mercies

22 Mar

Last night we did a worship song in youth done by Jesus Culture, called “Your Love Never Fails.” It’s pretty catchy, great song. One of those that’s easy to jam out to. Problem though, sometimes it’s so catchy that we miss the vitality of the words in this song. You make all things work together for my good. It’s catchy right, but how easy is it for us to sing it and not believe it. I can be real here and say I worry way to much to say I put that phrase into daily practice. I try to but I fail regularly. If crowns were given out to the person who worries most, I’d have a gem laden diadem. Probably would worry some of those gems would fall out though or my neck would get some horrid catch from the weight of it.

The very first part of the song goes like this:

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But you have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails.

New Mercies. I’ll be honest it’s part of the song I usually sing over and never process. But after a morning of a heavy heart of bad news after another that phrase kept going over and over in my head. New Mercies. New Mercies.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Isn’t is great that we serve a God who never gets tired. Every morning he’s ready and rested with NEW MERCIES. Messed up? New mercies. Still sick? New Mercies. Still a worrier? New Mercies.

The song continues…

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.

How often do we forget that God is the SAME. He hasn’t changed from the dawn of creation. The same God who made the heavens and the earth, that made every cell and organism to live and work in harmony to the minutest detail, that did a billizon things in the bible, IS THE SAME GOD OF TODAY! It’s hard to believe but he is, he didn’t change. They aren’t just cool stories in the bible, they are examples for us to LIVE BY. One of my favorite books is the Hiding Place, by Corrie TenBoom. Amazing true story of God’s provision over Corrie as she survived the concentration camps of the WWII Holocaust.

Psalm 103 (NLT)

A psalm of David.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.

I thank God for all the mercies he provides for me on a daily basis!